A great recipe to use as a hostess gift!
I love magazines, the old fashioned magazine that I can tear through and rip out recipes and articles I find interesting. You can find files in my office with these tears from years ago & today. Well while I was looking at one of my Real Simple magazines, I stumbled upon this recipe & idea from their November 2018 issue, and thought—I NEED TO DO THIS!!! And of course share it with you!!
If you love shortbread, and I mean SIMPLE shortbread, this recipe is for you!!
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in to ½ inch pieces
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp. kosher salt
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, butter, sugar, pecans, vanilla & salt in a medium bowl. Using your hands, work butter into dry ingredients until crumbly. Continue to work dough until it comes together when squeezed in your palm.
BREAK off bite sized pieces of dough (they will look imperfect) and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden & dry. Approximately 15-18 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool completely before serving or packaging.
I doubled the ingredients to make a double batch & was able to fill these mason jars. I tied each with a fun ribbon & they are ready for gift giving. That is of course—if you can keep your family from gobbling them up!!
These will make a great hostess or teacher’s gift. I also like to have recipes like this in my arsenal when I have to give a gift to someone who has everything!!!
Enjoy & happy giving!